Skip to main content

Could the Office Coffee Maker Make You Go Blind?

Ah, ah, ah! Before you pour that second cup you never have at home, a new study throws hot water on the idea by finding a link between coffee consumption and blindness. Let's get blinded by the science, people!

To be exact, the researchers looked for instances of exfoliation glaucoma (EG) or exfoliation glaucoma suspect (EGS), but I suspect the medical terminology could make our eyes glaze over so let's just call it glaucoma.

The researchers followed 78,977 women and 41,202 men over age 40 who had undergone eye examinations between 1980 and 2008. The study concluded the participants who drank at least three cups of caffeinated coffee every day had "an increased risk" of getting EG/EGS compared to the non coffee drinkers -- i.e., the person we all know who says proudly, "Oh, I don't drink the stuff, never have." How do you get through the rest of your day, because everyone this girl of coffee-slamming Finnish extraction knows will be talking to the hand until I've had at least one cup of the Brown Gold.

Of course, family history could also play a significant role. If your parents had glaucoma, it stands to reason that your own risk could be higher. So, we'll just have to wait and see, no pun intended. In the meantime, why is it so damn hard to find a bag of good, light roast coffee beans? If you find one, please let me know.


  1. When we had our chicago office coffee service were delivered to us, so I drank cups and cups of coffee. Hope that doesn't come back to haunt me.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Seven tips for dealing with a jealous coworker

Look at you, doing so well at work! We're so happy for you. Well, most of us are happy for you and refuse to spend the entire work day talking behind your back. Let's talk about how to handle our jealous co-workers!Like every other professional, you've no doubt experienced your share of failures and successes. Lately, however, things seem to be going your way at work. And how! Perhaps you've managed to ace an important project this quarter, been instrumental in landing a huge client, earned some well-deserved rewards for this and that, or -- egads! -- been given a slight promotion or additional work responsibilities (e.g., the work responsibilities you actually want).You're quietly chuffed, but somehow your co-workers seem none too pleased with this rapid turn of events. Oh no, what should you do now?It's a workplace tale older than the disjointed last season of Mad Men. The playing field in the department was even, cozy and overall very friendly -- until so-an…

Employees Blame Technology For Slowing Them Down At Work

Do you feel like you're always working, but never getting very much done? If so, you're not alone. Too much technology, and too much red tape, keep slowing us down at work. But technology, and more of it, is supposed to make our lives easier! Too much technology, however, does not compute for employees. A new SAP/Knowledge@Wharton survey of almost 700 corporate employees finds a full 60% of respondents blame technology "for inhibiting their ability to meet strategic goals." Gee, anyone who has ever used the self-checkout line at the grocery store can tell you that. However, 40% surveyed said that looking for ways to simplify the technology has been "a low priority" for their company. Too much paperwork is an on-going problem for the workplace, too. A new ServiceNow survey of nearly 1,000 managers finds that 90% are doing too much administrative work, no matter the size of the company. This paperwork includes filling out forms, writing status updates, …

Is Your Co-worker Always Late For Work?

You've started the workday, but where is your co-worker? Oh, she's running late again, just like yesterday. And the day before. And the day before that. Let's get an early start on solving her tardiness problem, shall we? Working with someone who is consistently late is one of the most annoying aspects of office life, and also one of the most common, unfortunately. It's a universal theme of the workplace that everyone will get to work on time (give or take a few minutes...) except for the employee who is egregiously late nearly every day. And the excuses can get pretty amazing. Employees became more punctual as the Great Recession lingered, at least according to surveys. Everyone, that is, except for your able-bodied but habitually-tardy co-worker. It's bad enough dealing with tardiness when you're a manager, but it can be even more frustrating when you're a rank-and-file peer without any magical "shape up or ship out" managerial powers. So you…